Archive | August, 2012

deuter fox 30 pack

Deuter Fox 30 backpack for kids

Deuter Fox 30 backpack for kids My kids are reaching the age where backcountry adventure is evolving from a tag-along activity to where they share the enthusiasm. They have reached the critical stage of needing functional backpacks as opposed to a glorified book bag. Enter the Deuter Fox 30 backpack for kids. The Fox 30 is a scaled down version of Deuter’s… Read More

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Tuesday Time Waster – Old School Extreme

Back when having big skis meant they were long, Scott Scmidt was the poster child for North American extreme skiing. This week’s Tuesday time waster takes us down memory lane with some Warren Miller Footage of Schmidt ripping it up with his big boards, one-piece ski suit and trademark hop turns. Must be the mid to late 80’s . …. Read More

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Backcountry News

The first issues of Powder and Backcountry are in the hands of skiers around the country, and the reach of summer is waning a bit here in the Northwest. The first issue of Off-Piste Mag is not due until October (we are firm believers that August is too early to get distracted from reality), but we are lining up a… Read More

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Avalanche Airbags

Avalanches are a backcountry skier’s worst nightmare, and the three basics – beacon, shovel and probe – have long been considered required equipment for responsible ski touring in avalanche terrain. There is no question that evolving beacon technology has made searching more efficient, and that continued innovation in avalanche safety gear is providing skiers with more options to stack survival… Read More

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Tuesday Time Waster – The Slack Life

Because it’s still summer and I’m not quite ready to fully shift gears into ski media yet, today’s Tuesday Time Waster brings you Ode to the Slack Life, three minutes of slack and highline fun . . . Alex in Amerika – an Ode to the Slacklife from grantimus prime on Vimeo.

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Tuesday Time Waster – Powderwhore Ski Movie Trailer

As usual, the launch of ski movie teasers seems to coincide with a spike in the summer temps. It’s forecast to be our hottest week of the summer, and the ski movie trailers are falling like snowflakes before a powder day. Warren Miller, TGR, MSP, Poor Boyz, Red Bull and other big name ski film makers have all released trailers,… Read More

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Ski Bum Name Chart

Tuesday Time Waster – Find Your Ski Bum Name

Ski bumming is a rite of passage among dedicated skiers. Ski bumming, however, is not as easy as it used to be. Ski towns have gone highbrow, and these days you literally need a real job in order to finance a ski pass and ski town housing. I don’t have the answers to the ski bum equation, but creating your… Read More

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Backcountry ski guide - Summits and Icefields

Summits and Icefields I Ski Guide

Following up on last week’s Chic Scott post, here’s a review of the first volume of the new Summits and Icefields I ski guide. Book – Summits & Icefields 1 Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies by Chic Scott with Mark Klassen 344 pages,, $29.95 If you’ve spent any time ski touring in Western Canada, or even day… Read More

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